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IDEAS AND KNOWLEDGE TO INSPIRE YOUR INVESTMENTS THINKING
12 July 2018

A healthier future? How current spending patterns could point the way

Are we headed for a more health conscious future? Current spending patterns – and especially those of ‘generation Z’ consumers – appear to suggest so.

 

According to Morgan Stanley, spending on sports apparel rose from US$199.1m in 2009 to US$314.1m in 2017 and is projected to reach US$365.2m by 2020. However, this is just a small segment of the wellness and fitness industry, which in the UK alone is estimated to reach a value of £22.8bn by 2020, according to Statisa. Gym membership is also on the rise. Figures from The Leisure Database Company suggest one in seven of people in the UK now regularly work out.

 

We believe food consumption habits are another leading indicator for future health spend. Fresh foods such as salads and juices are taking the place of canned and refrigerated goods in the shopping baskets of young consumers. Data from Barclay’s suggests Generation Z consumers are buying 57% more tofu and 550% more dairy-free milk than older cohorts.

 

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies are also beginning to get in on the game: over-the-counter medication and health supplements continue to gain traction as consumers demonstrate a preference for preventative healthcare over traditional prescriptions.

 

Amy Chamberlain and Stephen Rowntree – global analysts. Newton, a BNY Mellon company

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